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The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 25 December 1957 (UK)
Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Burke Devlin
... Roger Shumann
... LaVerne Shumann
... Jiggs
... Matt Ord
... Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood ... Sam Hagood
... Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)
... Hank
... Frank Burnham
... Ted Baker
Betty Utey ... Dancing Girl
... Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel ... Young Man
Eugene Borden ... Claude Mollet
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In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Douglas Sirk reportedly stated in an interview this was the best film he directed. See more »

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Despite the fact that the story is taking place in the early 1930s, all of Dorothy Malone's clothing, hairstyles and make-up are strictly 1957, the year the picture was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Ted Baker: On the level, what'd you do last night?
Burke Devlin: Nothing much:just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.
Ted Baker: You better change bootleggers.
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Old Folks at Home
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Written by Stephen Foster
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The Tarnished Angels
7 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Tarnished Angels is a pure melodrama. Black and White excellent cinematography and good performances from all the cast. That's the Douglas Sirk way. Building the story with strong elements and hidden lines about the American way of life and the bitter behind the curtain. The man is a master. Melodrama is a Greek word so you have to know what exactly means. There is a big difference between melodrama and "melo". The film is a masterpiece. Sirk was a director with strong elements of morality. The region 2 DVD from Universal is in very good condition. No extras. The film has guts. The plot is not as simple as it seems with the first view. The scenes with the airplane "battles" are so fast and full of adrenalin. A trio of losers, an alcoholic but deep moralist journalist, a kid with an only friend that was called loneliness and a mindless woman make this film unforgettable. Highly recommended.


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